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Sec. Sonny Perdue
31st Secretary . Husband, Father of 4, Big Buddy to 14 grandchildren. , , , former two-term Gov. of GA.
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Sec. Sonny Perdue Aug 16
Today we released a new strategy for managing catastrophic wildfires and the impacts of invasive species, drought, and insect and disease epidemics. Working more closely with states is key. Read the report:
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Sec. Sonny Perdue Aug 16
Check out new features at , our online portal. Plenty of information, interactive features, secure transactions, disaster assistance tools, and much more. Plus, offer feedback to help us grow. Built for farmers, by farmers. Link:
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Sec. Sonny Perdue Aug 15
Good conversation with Rep. at the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, CA and a roundtable on Fire Resiliency, Preparedness, and Recovery. Lots of state and local folks here, which is key in battling wildfires as we have seen.
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Sec. Sonny Perdue Aug 14
Touring HMC Farms and packaging facility in Kingsburg, CA w/owner Herald McClarty & . Then a talk w/Valadao's Ag Advisory Team. Legitimate anxiety about trade issues we're trying to calm with mitigation plan. Won't let ag bear brunt of retaliatory tariffs.
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Sec. Sonny Perdue Aug 14
More free-flowing conversations with California producers at Joseph Gallo Farms in Atwater. Able to catch a quick tour of the cheese facility as welll. Hot topics of discussion, as always, are farm labor, Farm Bill, regulations and trade. Thanks to for co-hosting.
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Sec. Sonny Perdue Aug 14
Well-attended town hall event in Modesto with . Heard from folks on a variety of topics: state water issues, labor, trade, and the plan to mitigate damage to producers from illegal retaliatory tariffs from foreign nations.
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Sec. Sonny Perdue Aug 14
Continuing our California trip w/visit to Modesto farm of Paul Wenger, 3rd generation farmer & past president of . Features what's billed as the tallest walnut tree in CA. I've not had red walnuts before. Thanks to & for showing us around.
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Sec. Sonny Perdue Aug 13
Fact check: True. Also: "We have decimated that whole ecosystem, that economic ecosystem, by our rules and regulations, and litigation and that’s what happened."
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Sec. Sonny Perdue Aug 13
Getting a briefing on in California from hard-working personnel. Fire suppression, line construction, and preparation measures underway to protect community in the area.
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Sec. Sonny Perdue Aug 13
At a lunch with & employees from multiple agencies fighting wildfires in California. Important to remember that not only are they battling the flames, but they often are affected personally as well. We are grateful for their service and bravery.
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Sec. Sonny Perdue Aug 13
The Smokejumpers risk their lives performing initial attacks on wildfires. Smokejumper Josh Mathiesen provides a tour of their loft and operations at the Smokejumpers' Base & Northern Operations Center. and I continue our briefing at the .
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Sec. Sonny Perdue Aug 13
Productive roundtable meeting w/ and local leaders whose communities have been impacted by numerous fires burning in California. Talked about recovery efforts underway and new tools for forest management. Great example of fed, state & local cooperation.
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Sec. Sonny Perdue Aug 13
Thorough briefing w/ on w/ Regional Forester Randy Moore, USFS Nat'l Dir of Fire & Aviation Shawna Legarza & . Thousands of personnel from multiple agencies, including & , involved in fighting this fire.
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Sec. Sonny Perdue Aug 13
In California w/, thanking & BLM crews, with help of as well, fighting . Interagency cooperation at fed, state & local levels is key. has made clear that his administration is doing everything it can to lend assistance.
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Sec. Sonny Perdue Aug 9
Going to Redding, CA Monday w/, meeting firefighters & local leaders about the . More than 7,000 personnel are engaged there & w/fires across the U.S. gives his strongest support and has multi-agency response.
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Sec. Sonny Perdue Aug 9
Also realigning with the Chief Economist's office, under Office of the Secretary. These two have similar missions and this change will enhance the effectiveness of our economic analysis. Details:
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Sec. Sonny Perdue Aug 9
To put folks closer to customers we serve & land grants, we're moving & outside of D.C. area. Can more easily attract & retain staff w/interest & training in ag. Now considering localities. Move expected final by end of 2019.
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Sec. Sonny Perdue Aug 7
We're always working to open new markets for American agricultural products. Proud to announce w/ Amb. Lighthizer that Morocco is open to U.S. poultry for the first time! Great job by USTR and our team.
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Sec. Sonny Perdue Aug 7
Two Chinese nationals charged with stealing hi-tech American rice seeds, engineered for medical use. This case illustrates exactly what we're talking about regarding theft of intellectual property and why is right to stand up to China. Story:
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Sec. Sonny Perdue Aug 1
Many farmers joined us at the Bordeaux farmers market for a townhall meeting. It’s critical that we work together with local leadership to help the agriculture industry in the Virgin Islands recover and prosper.
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